Panama Business Tower


Grupo Shahan CFS Construction


Construction Cost
$11 million

Completion Date
December 2015

Project Size
592,000 SF
4 levels underground parking

Panama Business Tower

Panama City

After quickly developing a reputation in the Panama City development community for producing high-quality and economical structural designs, Walter P Moore was retained to provide structural engineering services for this 40 story office building.

The project sits in a tight urban infll site in downtown Panama City. The podium consists of 4 levels of underground parking, ground floor retail, and 9 levels of above-grade parking. It also features “The Cube”: 6 levels of high-value and high-visibility office space that engages with the public at the most prominent corner. The Cube offices demanded a taller floor-to-floor height than the rest of the building, making these levels staggered from the adjacent parking floors. Walter P Moore was able to find an inventive solution to maintain a connection between the cube and the main lateral system, thus avoiding the cost of an independent structure for this area.

For the underground parking, Walter P Moore designed a flat plate system to minimize the structural depth and reduce the amount of excavation required. Even though the client was not using a 3D model, we were able to utilize Revit to identify and eliminate interferences created by the tight parking floor plate and ramp system.

The elegant tower extends up from the podium, providing flexible office space and amenities for its tenants, including multiple roof terraces, which will provide amazing views of Obarrio in downtown Panama City. The Panama Business Tower is one of the most sought after office spaces in booming Panama City.